A Christmas with C.S. Lewis

A one-man show starring David Payne

The year is 1963 and C.S. Lewis, the famous British author, is in the twilight years of his life. Lewis is hosting a group of American writers visiting England. They have come to Lewis’ home, just outside of Oxford, and are eagerly anticipating hearing the man who has become a legend in his own lifetime. They are not disappointed. Lewis is in great form and his audience is spellbound as, with a display of oratory and humor that mad him one of England’s most famous public speakers, he recounts the significant events and stories of the people that shaped his life.

Tickets are $10 per person, and seating is on a first come basis.
Rated PG-13

David Payne gives a stunning portrayal of the famous writer, capturing the essence of the man who created the Narnia Chronicles in an enthralling, laughter-filled and poignant performance… utterly captivating.

When the British-born actor was given a copy of Lewis’ bestselling book The Screwtape Letters, little did he realize that some 40 years later he would be gaining a reputation for his portrayals of its author. Payne has played Lewis in a number of productions of Shadowlands, in his self-penned  Weep for Joy, and in numerous presentations of An Evening with C.S. Lewis.

Today, Payne tours throughout the US and the UK. When he is not performing on stage, he is usually shooting a new production or writing. His latest recording is a live performance of his self-penned stage production St. Jack & The Dragon, a touching yet occasionally hilarious story about C.S. Lewis and Lewis’ adopted mother, Mrs. Moore. St. Jack & The Dragon was released in March of this year. Also released this year on DVD were Payne’s musical Target Practice, an on location version of An Evening with C.S. Lewis, and A Man Called Jack, A Woman Called Joy.

Payne, who was born in London, is married to the beautiful Marilyn, with whom he shares two handsome sons and three grandchildren.

Cowan Center for the Arts Theater
301 Montgomery St., Cowan, TN, 37318

Date(s) - 12/03/2010
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm